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Bookster bankrupt

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Kai, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. Kai

    Kai Well-Known Member

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    Just received an email from Bookster stating that they are bankrupt and are closing their doors.

    Also, they don't intend to refund the money I sent them for a suit.


    For those who don't know of Bookster, they are a well known English purveyor of tweed clothing and cloth.

    Web site here:

    http://www.tweed-jacket.com/
     
  2. add911_11

    add911_11 Well-Known Member

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    thats really sad news. I brought my uniforms from there.
     
  3. Wolfram

    Wolfram New Member

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    Got the same email. I had been waiting for a pair of trousers since late January. I almost forgot about that. But last week(!) I asked and got the answer that the order would be on its way within the next two weeks. Not funny.
     
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  4. aravenel

    aravenel Well-Known Member

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    Very sad news indeed.
     
  5. GBR

    GBR Well-Known Member

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    Uniforms for what? I was not aware that they made uniforms.
     
  6. steverooney

    steverooney New Member

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    i found this forum as i was also let down by bookster but i have found the manufacturer www.bespokemears.com, spoke to a lovely lady lynne mears who has been really helpful and they are trying to help me although i wont get my money back i will get my jacket!!!
     
  7. gdrgdr

    gdrgdr New Member

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    many thanks Steve Rooney,

    i have just contacted Mears and they could not of been more helpfull, i have to take it on the chin that i have lost my money via BACS payment to Bookster,, but hopefully i can get my suit from Mears , as in the past i have had a few suits from Bookster without any hassle and a quality product, but in saying that it seems that Bookster are not tailors but they simply advertise suits and get them made buy a third party. So i assume that the third party Mears have lost out big time also to the bankrupt Bookster like us all...
     
  8. steverooney

    steverooney New Member

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    no problem gdrgdr, yes you are right have been taken for a ride, like us all, feel very sorry for them, as they seem such nice people
    will definitely be buying through them
     
  9. wellwellwell

    wellwellwell New Member

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    I managed to get my money back just in time but wil not be getting the suit I ordered 4 months ago for my wedding on 27th July. In fact, getting any suit at all in time will be quite an ask...
     
  10. nohit

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    Thanks for the info, Steve. I got my money back in December on a couple waistcoats after a long runaround with Bookster. I'd been relatively pleased with my few orders with them over the past few years. Assuming the fire story they gave me is true, it's a shame they couldn't pull through, but I'm glad to hear about Mears.
     
  11. aklj05

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    So are you saying that Mears has been doing the tailoring for Bookster??

    I had an overcoat and pair of trousers being made by Bookster!
     
  12. steverooney

    steverooney New Member

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    yes thats correct, give them a ring, although they havent got your money they might have your suit!!!
     
  13. P-K-L

    P-K-L Well-Known Member

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    I find it strange that so many 1-post-people pop up all of a sudden in order to bash Bookster...
     
  14. aravenel

    aravenel Well-Known Member

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    Meh, in this case I think it makes sense. People googling around about the Bookster bankruptcy and find these threads. Were it just random bitching, I'd definitely think something fishy was going on.

    What I don't understand is people thinking they should get their money back. It's a bankruptcy, they *have no money*. Further, you are an unsecured creditor--you go *all the way* to the back of the line. That's how bankruptcy works. Sucks, but that's life.

    Anyways, I'm glad folks are able to get their stuff from the tailor--that's about the best possible outcome here. Perhaps they can even ask the tailor to finish the clothes for them for a fee.
     
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  15. Balfour

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    ^ or lurkers prompted to post.
     
  16. patrick vandepu

    patrick vandepu New Member

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    The fact that their website is still live, the fact that they have been stalling and trying to gain time for months saying that the suits will be delivered, that people (who did not do tailoring) were sick hence the delay and the zillion of other excuses etc makes the Bookster case a plain fraud in my view. 1172 pounds in there, and I do not call them lost yet...
     
  17. parkypoohs

    parkypoohs New Member

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    Yes, very sad news about Bookster.

    Unfortunately, in the case of a bankruptcy, it is quite correct that pre-paid orders cannot be refunded by the company, as their business is in the hands of the Official Receiver. However, buyers in the UK who paid by credit card (not debit card) may well have a claim against the credit card company, who may well become responsible for refunding of payment; contact the bank/credit card company in the first instance, and seek legal advice if you are not satisfied (I myself am not a lawyer/solicitor.) I am not sure how this would affect overseas buyers.

    Hope this is helpful to some of those creditors who have paid Bookster, but not received their goods.

    Good luck!
     
  18. Quantimil

    Quantimil Well-Known Member

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    Sad news. I had an overcoat made there last year, and I really like their products (I also have a charcoal worsted suit), and I was planning to one day order something else. My best fitting suit trousers were made by them. Maybe I need to look into this Mears business.
     
  19. thomasJS

    thomasJS New Member

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    Bookster has sent the suggestion to pursue a charg eack through the payment provider. Such process works well with credit cards, not with bank transfers. Refunds in such processes have a preferred position in the liability schedule of illiquid companies. So the last word on whether or not a refund will be made isn't spoken.

    Beyond secured transactions one ought to be able to spek to a receiver or liquidator. For those in the know of trades and customs on the north-sea island, professional assistance may be desirable and affordable.

    Three more important points:
    The Kings have built a business that was unique in its way, they provided personal service, superb clothing a.s.f. Going out of business is the last thing any entrepreneur ever wishes to experience. It is a deteriorating personal experience. I wish them all the luck in the world.

    If (as an entrepreneur) you have never gone through bankruptcy, you probably haven't lived or involved in anything worth your mission.

    It is devastating not to get my jacket, trousers and first breeches. After some cheap remorse about money lost, I realized: If I could not ultimately decide to be able to afford the loss, should I pretend to be a man in bespoke suits?

    Cheers,

    Thomas
     
  20. Gee-al-Nujorki

    Gee-al-Nujorki New Member

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    really distressing, had many pleasant and professional dealings with Peter and Michele over the years, vast & unique choice of fabrics, sound style & tailoring especially considering the price, more than a dozen tweed jackets and several moleskin trousers. With temps finally falling, I was just getting ready to order a double breasted tweed jacket when I came upon this. So now what is one to do ?
     

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